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  • Figure 1.2 The mother-of-pearl plant ( Graptopetalum paraguayense ).
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  • Figure 1.3 Some properties of life.
  • Figure 1.4 Exploring: Levels of Biological Organization
  • Figure 1.5 Interactions of an African acacia tree with other organisms and the physical environment.
  • Figure 1.6 Energy flow in an ecosystem.
  • Figure 1.8 Contrasting eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells in size and complexity.
  • Figure 1.9 A lung cell from a newt divides into two smaller cells that will grow and divide again.
  • Figure 1.10 Inherited DNA directs development of an organism.
  • Figure 1.14 Classifying life.
  • Figure 1.15 The three domains of life.
  • Figure 1.15 The three domains of life.
  • Figure 1.16 An example of unity underlying the diversity of life: the architecture of cilia in eukaryotes.
  • Figure 1.17 Digging into the past.
  • Figure 1.18 Charles Darwin as a young man.
  • Figure 1.23 Jane Goodall collecting qualitative data on chimpanzee behavior.
  • Figure 1.24 A campground example of hypothesis-based inquiry.
  • Figure 1.24 A campground example of hypothesis-based inquiry.
  • Figure 1.24 A campground example of hypothesis-based inquiry.
  • 01 themes in the study of life

    1. 1. LECTURE PRESENTATIONS For CAMPBELL BIOLOGY, NINTH EDITION Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Robert B. JacksonChapter 1Introduction: Themes in theStudy of Life Lectures by Erin Barley Kathleen Fitzpatrick© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    2. 2. Overview: Inquiring About Life • An organism’s adaptations to its environment are the result of evolution – For example, the ghost plant is adapted to conserving water; this helps it to survive in the crevices of rock walls • Evolution is the process of change that has transformed life on Earth© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    3. 3. Figure 1.2
    4. 4. • Biology is the scientific study of life • Biologists ask questions such as – How does a single cell develop into an organism? – How does the human mind work? – How do living things interact in communities? • Life defies a simple, one-sentence definition • Life is recognized by what living things do© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    5. 5. Figure 1.3 Order Response to the environment Evolutionary adaptation Reproduction Regulation Energy processing Growth and development
    6. 6. Theme: New Properties Emerge at EachLevel in the Biological Hierarchy • Life can be studied at different levels, from molecules to the entire living planet • The study of life can be divided into different levels of biological organization© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    7. 7. Figure 1.4 The biosphere Tissues Ecosystems Organs and organ systems Communities Cells Organelles Organisms Atoms Populations Molecules
    8. 8. Emergent Properties • Emergent properties result from the arrangement and interaction of parts within a system • Emergent properties characterize nonbiological entities as well – For example, a functioning bicycle emerges only when all of the necessary parts connect in the correct way© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    9. 9. The Power and Limitations of Reductionism • Reductionism is the reduction of complex systems to simpler components that are more manageable to study – For example, studying the molecular structure of DNA helps us to understand the chemical basis of inheritance© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    10. 10. • An understanding of biology balances reductionism with the study of emergent properties – For example, new understanding comes from studying the interactions of DNA with other molecules© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    11. 11. Systems Biology • A system is a combination of components that function together • Systems biology constructs models for the dynamic behavior of whole biological systems • The systems approach poses questions such as – How does a drug for blood pressure affect other organs? – How does increasing CO2 alter the biosphere?© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    12. 12. Theme: Organisms Interact with OtherOrganisms and the Physical Environment • Every organism interacts with its environment, including nonliving factors and other organisms • Both organisms and their environments are affected by the interactions between them – For example, a tree takes up water and minerals from the soil and carbon dioxide from the air; the tree releases oxygen to the air and roots help form soil© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    13. 13. Figure 1.5 Sunlight Leaves absorb light energy from Leaves take in the sun. carbon dioxide CO2 from the air and release oxygen. O2 Cycling of chemical nutrients Leaves fall to Water and Animals eat the ground and minerals in leaves and fruit are decomposed the soil are from the tree. by organisms taken up by that return the tree minerals to the through soil. its roots.
    14. 14. Theme: Life Requires Energy Transferand Transformation • A fundamental characteristic of living organisms is their use of energy to carry out life’s activities • Work, including moving, growing, and reproducing, requires a source of energy • Living organisms transform energy from one form to another – For example, light energy is converted to chemical energy, then kinetic energy • Energy flows through an ecosystem, usually entering as light and exiting as heat© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    15. 15. Figure 1.6 Sunlight Heat When energy is used Producers absorb light to do work, some energy and transform it into energy is converted to chemical energy. thermal energy, which is lost as heat. An animal’s muscle cells convert Chemical chemical energy energy from food to kinetic energy, the energy of motion. A plant’s cells use chemical energy to do Chemical energy in work such as growing food is transferred new leaves. from plants to consumers. (a) Energy flow from sunlight to (b) Using energy to do work producers to consumers
    16. 16. Theme: The Cell Is an Organism’s BasicUnit of Structure and Function • The cell is the lowest level of organization that can perform all activities required for life • All cells – Are enclosed by a membrane – Use DNA as their genetic information© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    17. 17. • A eukaryotic cell has membrane-enclosed organelles, the largest of which is usually the nucleus • By comparison, a prokaryotic cell is simpler and usually smaller, and does not contain a nucleus or other membrane-enclosed organelles© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    18. 18. Figure 1.8 Prokaryotic cell Eukaryotic cell DNA (no nucleus) Membrane Membrane Cytoplasm Nucleus (membrane- enclosed) Membrane- DNA (throughout enclosed organelles nucleus) 1 µm
    19. 19. Theme: The Continuity of Life Is Based onHeritable Information in the Form of DNA • Chromosomes contain most of a cell’s genetic material in the form of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) • DNA is the substance of genes • Genes are the units of inheritance that transmit information from parents to offspring • The ability of cells to divide is the basis of all reproduction, growth, and repair of multicellular organisms© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    20. 20. Figure 1.9 25 µm
    21. 21. Figure 1.10 Sperm cell Nuclei containing DNA Fertilized egg with DNA from Embryo’s cells with Egg cell both parents copies of inherited DNA Offspring with traits inherited from both parents
    22. 22. Evolution, the Overarching Theme ofBiology • Evolution makes sense of everything we know about biology • Organisms are modified descendants of common ancestors© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    23. 23. • Evolution explains patterns of unity and diversity in living organisms • Similar traits among organisms are explained by descent from common ancestors • Differences among organisms are explained by the accumulation of heritable changes© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    24. 24. Classifying the Diversity of Life • Approximately 1.8 million species have been identified and named to date, and thousands more are identified each year • Estimates of the total number of species that actually exist range from 10 million to over 100 million© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    25. 25. Grouping Species: The Basic Idea • Taxonomy is the branch of biology that names and classifies species into groups of increasing breadth • Domains, followed by kingdoms, are the broadest units of classification© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    26. 26. Figure 1.14 Species Genus Family Order Class Phylum Kingdom Domain Ursus americanus (American black bear) Ursus Ursidae Carnivora Mammalia Chordata Animalia Eukarya
    27. 27. The Three Domains of Life • Organisms are divided into three domains • Domain Bacteria and domain Archaea compose the prokaryotes • Most prokaryotes are single-celled and microscopic© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    28. 28. Figure 1.15 (a) Domain Bacteria (b) Domain Archaea 2 µm 2 µm (c) Domain Eukarya Kingdom Animalia 100 µm Kingdom Plantae Protists Kingdom Fungi
    29. 29. • Domain Eukarya includes all eukaryotic organisms • Domain Eukarya includes three multicellular kingdoms – Plants, which produce their own food by photosynthesis – Fungi, which absorb nutrients – Animals, which ingest their food© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    30. 30. • Other eukaryotic organisms were formerly grouped into the Protist kingdom, though these are now often grouped into many separate groups© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    31. 31. Figure 1.15c (c) Domain Eukarya Kingdom Animalia 100 µm Kingdom Plantae Protists Kingdom Fungi
    32. 32. Unity in the Diversity of Life • A striking unity underlies the diversity of life; for example – DNA is the universal genetic language common to all organisms – Unity is evident in many features of cell structure© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    33. 33. Figure 1.16 15 µm 5 µm Cilia of Cilia of Paramecium windpipe cells 0.1 µm Cross section of a cilium, as viewed with an electron microscope
    34. 34. Charles Darwin and the Theory ofNatural Selection • Fossils and other evidence document the evolution of life on Earth over billions of years© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    35. 35. Figure 1.17
    36. 36. • Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859 • Darwin made two main points – Species showed evidence of “descent with modification” from common ancestors – Natural selection is the mechanism behind “descent with modification” • Darwin’s theory explained the duality of unity and diversity© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    37. 37. Figure 1.18
    38. 38. In studying nature, scientists makeobservations and then form and testhypotheses • The word science is derived from Latin and means “to know” • Inquiry is the search for information and explanation • Scientific process includes making observations, forming logical hypotheses, and testing them© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    39. 39. Making Observations • Biologists describe natural structures and processes • This approach is based on observation and the analysis of data© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    40. 40. Types of Data • Data are recorded observations or items of information; these fall into two categories – Qualitative data, or descriptions rather than measurements • For example, Jane Goodall’s observations of chimpanzee behavior – Quantitative data, or recorded measurements, which are sometimes organized into tables and graphs© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    41. 41. Figure 1.23
    42. 42. Inductive Reasoning • Inductive reasoning draws conclusions through the logical process of induction • Repeat specific observations can lead to important generalizations – For example, “the sun always rises in the east”© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    43. 43. Forming and Testing Hypotheses • Observations and inductive reasoning can lead us to ask questions and propose hypothetical explanations called hypotheses© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    44. 44. The Role of Hypotheses in Inquiry • A hypothesis is a tentative answer to a well- framed question • A scientific hypothesis leads to predictions that can be tested by observation or experimentation© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    45. 45. • For example, – Observation: Your flashlight doesn’t work – Question: Why doesn’t your flashlight work? – Hypothesis 1: The batteries are dead – Hypothesis 2: The bulb is burnt out • Both these hypotheses are testable© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    46. 46. Figure 1.24 Observations Question Hypothesis #1: Hypothesis #2: Dead batteries Burnt-out bulb Prediction: Prediction: Replacing batteries Replacing bulb will fix problem will fix problem Test of prediction Test of prediction Test falsifies hypothesis Test does not falsify hypothesis
    47. 47. Figure 1.24a Observations Question Hypothesis #1: Hypothesis #2: Dead batteries Burnt-out bulb
    48. 48. Figure 1.24b Hypothesis #1: Hypothesis #2: Dead batteries Burnt-out bulb Prediction: Prediction: Replacing batteries Replacing bulb will fix problem will fix problem Test of prediction Test of prediction Test falsifies hypothesis Test does not falsify hypothesis
    49. 49. Deductive Reasoning and Hypothesis Testing • Deductive reasoning uses general premises to make specific predictions • For example, if organisms are made of cells (premise 1), and humans are organisms (premise 2), then humans are composed of cells (deductive prediction)© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    50. 50. • Hypothesis-based science often makes use of two or more alternative hypotheses • Failure to falsify a hypothesis does not prove that hypothesis – For example, you replace your flashlight bulb, and it now works; this supports the hypothesis that your bulb was burnt out, but does not prove it (perhaps the first bulb was inserted incorrectly)© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    51. 51. Questions That Can and Cannot BeAddressed by Science • A hypothesis must be testable and falsifiable – For example, a hypothesis that ghosts fooled with the flashlight cannot be tested • Supernatural and religious explanations are outside the bounds of science© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    52. 52. The Flexibility of the Scientific Method • The scientific method is an idealized process of inquiry • Hypothesis-based science is based on the “textbook” scientific method but rarely follows all the ordered steps© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    53. 53. Experimental Controls and Repeatability • A controlled experiment compares an experimental group with a control group • Ideally, only the variable of interest differs between the control and experimental groups • A controlled experiment means that control groups are used to cancel the effects of unwanted variables • A controlled experiment does not mean that all unwanted variables are kept constant© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    54. 54. • In science, observations and experimental results must be repeatable© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    55. 55. Theories in Science • In the context of science, a theory is – Broader in scope than a hypothesis – General, and can lead to new testable hypotheses – Supported by a large body of evidence in comparison to a hypothesis© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.
    56. 56. Science benefits from a cooperativeapproach and diverse viewpoints • Most scientists work in teams, which often include graduate and undergraduate students • Good communication is important in order to share results through seminars, publications, and websites© 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.